Ukip Leader Nigel Farage says despite losing out in Rotherham people shouldn't "underestimate" the party.
UK Independence Party (Ukip) came second in by-elections in Rotherham
and Middlesbrough last night, just days after a row over foster children
being taken away from a couple because they were members of the party.
Rotherham, where the scandal erupted, was held by Labour, where Sarah Champion won 9,866 votes. The seat was vacated after Denis MacShane quit over his expense claims.
But Ukip's Jane Collins took 4,648 votes, nearly 22 per cent of those cast, with the Conservatives beaten into fifth place behind the British National Party (BNP) and Respect, and the Liberal Democrats eighth.